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Pregnancy & Morning Sickness: It's A Good Thing!

Updated on October 11, 2010
Most women suffer from some form of morning sickness!
Most women suffer from some form of morning sickness!

Be Glad YOU Have Morning Sickness!

Most women suffer from morning sickness and previous studies have determined that women who suffer from morning sickness are less likely to miscarry.

Now there's a recent study with more definitive results. Dr. Ronna Chan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill was one of the researchers who published the results in the journal, Human Reproduction.

Chan's team followed 2400 women in the U.S. and found that 89% of the women had some degree of morning sickness (nausea and vomiting). 11% of those miscarried.

However, the participants who had no morning sickness, were over three-times more likely to miscarry than those who did not.

Recent studies show that morning sickness is a good thing!
Recent studies show that morning sickness is a good thing!

Morning Sickness & Pregnancy: More Info!

More results from Chan's study:

* Women, 25 and younger, who did not experience morning sickness, were more than four-times more likely to miscarry than those in their age group who had morning sickness.

* Women, 35 and over, who did not suffer from morning sickness, were about 12-times more likely to miscarry than their counterparts who experienced morning sickness.

Every cloud has a "silver lining" now it's the same for morning sickness!
Every cloud has a "silver lining" now it's the same for morning sickness!

Pregnancy & Morning Sickness: Dr. Chan's Theory

Dr. Chan realizes that theories abound as to this phenomenon as she says, "Some postulate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is a mechanism to help improve the quality of a pregnant woman's diet or a way to reduce or eliminate potentially harmful substances from the mother in order to protect the fetus,"

She notes that while these ideas are "plausible" that hormones could be involved in the process, since women are particularly sensitive to the sharp rise in hormones that take place in the body in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Moral of Morning Sickness: While it's not fun to suffer through it, it's good to know that there's a "silver lining" when it comes to the nauseating effects of morning sickness!

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      Madam Aphrodite 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 7 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      My wife surely had morning sickness with our first son and the last two very minimum. All went full term and all normal deliveries. This is a great hub.